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Far East Film Festival in Udine

Far East Film Festival in Udine

LEFT_Locandina.gif The Far East Film Festival in Udine opened this past Friday (21 April) and goes on until next Saturday (29 April). This is the 8th edition of the festival and beyond the 73 film screenings, the festival also boost a rare movie poster exhibition and afternoons with actors and directors. There are also fringe activities during the week, notably some parties and concerts organized by Fabricanti Marco Mucig and Carlo Zoratti, among others.

The films in the festival are from China, Hong Kong, Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan.

From the program:

It is a film event which concentrates its power on three of four blockbusters a year, liberalizes cinema halls and film distribution and democratizes the showing of the individual films regardless of their provenance. Nine years after its inception, Far East has brought Oriental films to the very backwaters of Italy. Three films were released as normal under Italian law, whilst the release of three others was blocked by the Italian film distributors, or their associates—an unprecedented event at the Far East festival.

Ferment, creativity, and production: cinema in Asia is still a cinema of stars, dreams, authorship, and market, but foremost of stories to be constructed, narrated and heard. Venice, Cannes and Berlin do not present Asian films because of the organizers’ whim, still less the cosmopolitan nature of the films; but because cinema is more alive in Asia than in any other part of the world.

The Far East Film Festival has been a launching pad and first showcase for films. Pang Ho-cheung is the most recent director to make an initial impact at the festival in Udine, and subsequent success at the major film festivals.

Together with the Venice Film Festival, we decided to double the events in this region for Asian film. In April, FEFF presents revelations, war films, real cinema, popular films; and the Biannual in September provides international limelight. These are two special events which make Venice and Friuli-Venezia Giulia—with its festivals, film library, and Universities—an international venue for world cinema.


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